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James Webb Space Telescope

James Webb Space Telescope is currently in the constellation of Monoceros. The current Right Ascension of James Webb Space Telescope is 06h 51m 51s and the Declination is +04° 23’ 44” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]).

Summary of key facts about James Webb Space Telescope [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

06h 51m 51s
+04° 23’ 44”
Monoceros

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James Webb Space Telescope Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide James Webb Space Telescope finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.

Map showing James Webb Space Telescope in Monoceros on January, 22 2022
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing James Webb Space Telescope in Monoceros on January, 22 2022
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where James Webb Space Telescope is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

James Webb Space Telescope
RA: 06h 51m 51s
Dec: +04° 23’ 44”
Deep sky finder chart for James Webb Space Telescope
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is James Webb Space Telescope?, a page that provides all the information needed to find James Webb Space Telescope in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

James Webb Space Telescope Distance from Earth

The distance of James Webb Space Telescope from Earth is currently 1,351,661 kilometers, equivalent to 0.009035 Astronomical Units. Light takes 4.5087 seconds to travel from James Webb Space Telescope and arrive to us.

1,351,661
0.009035
4.5087 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of James Webb Space Telescope from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.

Distance of James Webb Space Telescope from Earth between December 2021 and February 2022

The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of James Webb Space Telescope from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of James Webb Space Telescope to Earth

Between December 2021 and February 2022, the closest approach of James Webb Space Telescope to Earth happens on Sun Dec 26 2021 at a distance of 0.000894 Astronomical Units, or 133,698 kilometers:

Sun Dec 26 2021
133,698
0.000894

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

James Webb Space Telescope rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's James Webb Space Telescope rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 85.2°
Max altitude: 43.3°
Azimuth: 274.6°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of James Webb Space Telescope touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Visualization of James Webb Space Telescope Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of James Webb Space Telescope with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of James Webb Space Telescope and the planets along their orbits in this diagram accurately represents the current configuration of the objects in the Solar System. This is an experimental feature and it requires a WebGL enabled browser. Please provide us feedback!

Orbit Diagram of James Webb Space Telescope

James Webb Space Telescope 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of James Webb Space Telescope computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate James Webb Space Telescope in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2022 Jan 15 06h 40m 49s +03° 01’ 36” N.A. Monoceros
2022 Jan 16 06h 42m 25s +03° 14’ 13” N.A. Monoceros
2022 Jan 17 06h 44m 03s +03° 27’ 06” N.A. Monoceros
2022 Jan 18 06h 45m 39s +03° 40’ 11” N.A. Monoceros
2022 Jan 19 06h 47m 17s +03° 53’ 33” N.A. Monoceros
2022 Jan 20 06h 48m 54s +04° 07’ 10” N.A. Monoceros
2022 Jan 21 06h 50m 30s +04° 21’ 06” N.A. Monoceros
2022 Jan 22 06h 52m 06s +04° 35’ 21” N.A. Monoceros
2022 Jan 23 06h 53m 43s +04° 50’ 00” N.A. Monoceros
2022 Jan 24 06h 55m 18s +05° 05’ 04” N.A. Monoceros
2022 Jan 25 06h 56m 54s +05° 20’ 36” N.A. Monoceros
2022 Jan 26 06h 58m 31s +05° 36’ 38” N.A. Monoceros
2022 Jan 27 07h 00m 07s +05° 53’ 12” N.A. Monoceros
2022 Jan 28 07h 01m 45s +06° 10’ 21” N.A. Monoceros